Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Mountain Bluebird - Sialia currucoides
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General Comments This is a widespread and generally common species of the higher elevations of the Western States and western Canada. Though most states in the East have a record or two of this bluebird, it was not until early 2022 that North Carolina finally had a well documented record (with numerous photographs); and (thankfully) this male remained in a small area for over a month for all birders to see who wanted to view it. Previously, there was one North Carolina sight record, of a male from the Biltmore Estate near Asheville (Buncombe) on 15 Jun 1985 [Chat 50:54 link].
Breeding Status Nonbreeder
NC BRC List Provisional
State Status
U.S. Status
State Rank SA
Global Rank G5
Coastal Plain One record. A male was photographed at Wrightsville Beach (New Hanover) essentially daily from 11 Feb to 21 Mar 2022 [Chat 86:62 link], [Chat 86:85 link]; numerous photos are on the Carolina Bird Club Photo Gallery. The report and photos are being reviewed by the NC BRC.
Piedmont No records.
Mountains One record (see above).
Finding Tips
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Attribution LeGrand[2022-09-14], LeGrand[2022-04-27], LeGrand[2018-02-01]
NC Map
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